Welcome to Following Our Father Ministry
In December 2011, Field and Stream magazine featured the story of Walter Witt’s tragic death during a hunting trip with his sons, Dan and Mark. The award-winning article, ‘Following Our Father’ tells about the heartbreaking hunting accident and how it impacted the lives of both Dan and Mark but also started the brothers on a journey that has taken them on speaking engagements throughout most of the United States and into Canada.
They have had the opportunity to share their personal stories but more importantly share their faith and the Good News of the saving grace of Jesus Christ. Following Our Father Ministries was launched as a result of the Field & Stream article and both Mark and Dan have spoken at Big Game dinners, men's conferences, schools, prisons, military events, churches, and Sunday school classes where they have witnessed the transforming power of the gospel as many have placed their faith and trust in Jesus Christ.
SUPPORT THIS MINISTRY:
Please send any tax-deductible donations and designate for Mark and Dan Witt to:
Hyland Heights Baptist Church
11452 Wards Rd
Rustburg, VA 24502
REF: Dan and Mark Witt
Dan and Mark were born in the small town of Meyersdale, PA. Their parents, Walter and Cathy Witt had 4 children that included an older and a baby sister. Mark and Dan were very close growing up and at early ages, enjoyed time with dad fishing or to the woods on a hunting adventure. During Mark's 1st deer hunt at the age of 12, Dan was 14, their dad was tragically killed in a hunting accident, an event that would change and impact each family member’s life forever. In spite of the hunting accident, both Mark and Dan continued to hunt and grow in their love for the outdoors and sharing our faith in Jesus Christ.
Mark met and married his wife Carla 31 years ago and they have three children ages 18 and two 14 year olds. He has been employed with the Department of Defense for 28 years and has travelled the world in support of the military. Mark and his family currently reside in the Huntsville, AL and his current job with the DOD is to provide support for the Army Aviation and Missile Command.
Dan married his wife Donna 30 years ago and they have 2 sons, Hunter, 28 and Cody, 25, who are both married. Hunter and Angela have two sons, Kyler a 3-year old and Kaden was born in November 2016. Cody and Ryan have a dog, cat, horse, and plans for chickens. Dan has worked as an Assistant Town Manager for the past 13 years in the Town of Altavista, VA and has worked in local government for over 25 years.
Both Mark and Dan became Christians as a result of their dad’s witness. Mark was saved at the age of five and Dan at age seven. Both have been involved in various ministries within their churches. Dan was a Sunday school teacher for over 20 years both with teenagers and children. He is a deacon and currently a leader in the Outdoorsmen 4 Him outdoor ministry. He and his wife volunteer each week at the church’s food pantry that feeds nearly 400 families within the community each month.
Mark has served as a deacon, taught Sunday school and youth classes for many years. He has also taught Vacation Bible School and has been a Camp Counselor. His one true passion is sharing the good news of the gospel of Christ!
‘Following our Father’, the feature article in the Dec11/Jan12 Field and Stream magazine, details the account of the hunting accident and the journey that resulted. Ultimately God used this tragedy and opportunities to share their story , faith, forgiveness and most importantly the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ were the end result. “We both love the outdoors and we both love to share our faith! What better way to have the best of both worlds - sharing our faith with folks who have the same passion for hunting and experiencing the beauty of God’s incredible outdoor creations.”
Contact Stormy Mitchell, Mitchell Group, to book the Witt Brothers for your next event.